It is now a minimal tropical storm, with peak winds of 40 miles per hour.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but forecasters say swells along the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states could produce risky surf and rip current conditions.
The storm still had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) late Sunday afternoon.
The storm was centered about 150 miles (245 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
While the storm was not expected to make landfall as of Sunday afternoon, it will bring "life threatening" rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast, the weather service said.
As Chris spins over relatively warm water it will gradually strengthen possibly becoming a hurricane late Monday evening or early Tuesday as it eventually heads to the NNE, staying away from land.
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Storm Strengthening To Hurricane Off Carolinas As Puerto Rico Faces Storm Beryl
According to the 5:00 a.m. advisory, the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 56.0 West. It is said Beryl will "degenerate into a trough of low pressure" as it moves into the eastern caribbean sea by Monday.
The Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados has therefore been discontinued.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl - the second named storm of this season - is expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend.
The forecast predicts two to three inches of rain through Tuesday for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands. There is a moderate to high risk for rip currents.
Forecasters expect gradual weakening during the next 48 hours and it will degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday.
It is forecast to bring tropical storm conditions to Dominica and Guadeloupe tonight and strong gusty winds in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow.
Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, remains under a state of emergency.